Kosovo’s Speaker of Parliament says early election inevitable - Gazeta Express

Kosovo’s Speaker of Parliament says early election inevitable

Ballina

Gazeta Express

20/07/2019 21:41

Kadri Veseli, Speaker of Kosovo Parliament and chairman of the biggest ruling coalition party, PDK, says his party accepts the resignation of Ramush Haradinaj as prime minister adding that early general election is inevitable.

Veseli addressing media a day after Haradinaj offered his irrevocable resignation after being summoned by the Hague-based Specialist Prosecutor’s Office for questioning as a suspect on war crimes, said that the outgoing prime minister Haradinaj has not consulted his coalition partners on the decision to resign.

Haradinaj in a surprise move on Friday told journalists that he is resigning from prime minister’s post because he does not want to be questioned by war crimes court in his capacity as prime minister of Kosovo. Haradinaj, chairman of the ruling coalition party AAK, during the Kosovo war was commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) for the Dukagjini region. In 2005 he was indicted by the war crimes court at the Hagues and after a long trial he was acquitted of all charges.

Veseli who was also senior commander in the KLA during 1998-1999 war in Kosovo, said that Haradinaj’s decision to resign is his personal decision adding that as leader of the biggest coalition party he will accept the resignation. Veseli said that Haradinaj has not consulted coalition partners on his surprising move.

During a press conference on Saturday Veseli said that early general election is inevitable adding that his party – the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), is ready for election. Veseli said that he will consult other coalition partners and other opposition parties to set the election date. /GazetaExpress/